A pioneering housing project where care leavers are involved with refurbishing empty properties that they then move into has been handed £3.7m in innovation funding from the Department for Education to expand it into five new areas. Children’s minister Edward Timpson has announced £3.7m in government funding to expand an initiative to support children leaving care. Children’s minister Edward Timpson said he wants to see the work of the House Project in Stoke-on-Trent, replicated elsewhere due to its success in supporting care leavers to secure appropriate housing and learn new skills.

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